The 10 Most Instagrammable Spots in Reykjavik

Photo of Camille Buckley
21 April 2018

Iceland is well known for being every photographer’s dream, whether your main interest lies in nature or culture. With incredible natural scenery of the ocean, mountains, and Northern Lights, there is plenty to photograph that will make your Instagram page extremely likeable. With a thriving arts scene, interesting street art, and lively food and music scenes, there is also a lot more to bring to life on your Instagram page. Here are our top 10 most Instagrammable spots in Iceland’s capital of Reykjavik.

The Pond – Tjörninn

The pond downtown is full of ducks and is extremely picturesque both in the summer with lots of people enjoying the view and feeding the ducks, as well as in winter when it is frozen over and people play hockey or football on the ice.

Mount Esja

This mountain close to Reykjavik offers many photo opportunities. Whether from the top or on its hiking trails, this is not to be missed.


This bird-watching area on a peninsula close to Reykjavik is a great place to travel by bus if you want to feel like you are much farther out of the city than you actually are.

Tie Mural on Laugavegur

On Reykjavík’s main shopping street, you can find this humorous mural displaying the various ways there are to tie a tie.

Reykjavik Art Museum – Kjarvalstaðir

This art museum holds a permanent collection of the beloved Icelandic landscape painter, Johannes Kjarval, and is set in a modernist building on a green stretch of park in East Reykjavik.

Einar Jónsson Sculpture Garden

One of Iceland’s first sculptors, Einar Jónsson used themes of mysticism and Nordic mythology in his epic sculptures, which dot the garden of his former studio and is free to the public.


This towering church in the middle of Reykjavik is a great place to take the elevator to the top and snap some shots of the surrounding city.

Hólavallagarður Cemetery

This is the oldest cemetery in Reykjavik, dating back to the 19th century. Located between downtown and the west part of Reykjavik, it is full of moss and older trees, and is a great place to wander and learn about the Icelanders buried there.

Cafe Flóran Bistro

Flóran Bistro is located in a greenhouse within the Reykjavik Botanical Gardens and offers hand-made cakes and other delicious treats with ingredients straight from the gardens.

The Cat Cafe – Kattakaffihúsið

This newly opened cafe is the first of its kind in Reykjavik – a cafe for people and cats. The cats are up for adoption from the local cat shelter and may not be picked up in the cafe, but you can definitely photograph these cuties to no end.

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